NHS Information Authority


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NHS Information Authority

A non-departmental public (arm’s length) body established by an Act of Parliament in 1999 to deliver IT infrastructure and data solutions to the NHS. During its brief tenure, it created NHSnet (which became N3), the Exeter software suite, and NHS Mail. The NHSIA oversaw delivery of the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) qualification to NHS staff and hosted the 2002 rollout of the highly unsuccessful National Programme for IT (NPfIT). As part of a sweeping 2004 initiative to cut costs, central Government targeted a group of arm’s length bodies, including the NHSIA, whose work was passed to the National Programme for IT, which became an executive agency (NHS Connecting for Health) and a newly created Information Centre for Health and Social Care.
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Netlink IT was formed in Birmingham in 1999 by Richard Tubb, an IT contractor who has worked at such large organisations as Ernst & Young, the NHS Information Authority, GE Capital and nPower.
They can also find out more information from the NHS Information Authority at www.
The NHS Information Authority regulates the use of general practice computer systems, but gives only general references to safety, the researchers said.
Martin Weller, of the NHS Information Authority, which is implementing the scheme, said: ``The new system marks an important advance.
The IeHA has partnered with the International Hospital Federation, World Health Organization, British NHS Information Authority, NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency, British Council and NHS Confederation in developing the program for eHealth 2002.
Its purpose is to support the NHS to deliver better, safer care to patients, via new computer systems and services, that link GPs and community services to hospitals, and to maintain the national critical business systems previously provided by the former NHS Information Authority.
Solihull-based digital media consultancy Antika has completed the second version of a CD-ROM for the NHS Information Authority (NHSIA), which forms part of the NHS objective of getting all patient records online within five years.
The group won a major contract for software to send laboratory results direct to a GP's desktop from the NHS Information Authority in March.
The NHS Information Authority will monitor deployment across the NHS and will work with the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency and Microsoft on contract monitoring.
The new European headquarters was opened by Nigel Bell, head of the new NHS Information Authority, which has been set up to improve standards of communication in the NHS.
Also, as part of NHS Net (the main Web portal of the NHS) and under direction of the NHS Information Authority, a standard called 'Code of Connection' exists which requires a certain number of security demands are met by a site to obtain access to NHS Net.
The office has also gained a number of major new clients including the General Medical Council, Birmingham City Council, the University of Nottingham, the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency, the NHS Logistics Authority, the NHS Information Authority, and the National Blood Authority.